Child Abuse in Schools
If you are or have been a victim of abuse at school – whether emotional, physical or sexual abuse – you could be entitled to compensation for the injuries and trauma you have suffered.
Unfortunately, the abuse of children in schools is more common than previously thought. Teachers, boarding staff, caretakers and other teaching staff have all been implicated in the abuse of children and the threat still remains.
Money can never make up for the abuse that you have suffered, but it can provide the means to take the steps towards recovery and healing. Funds could be obtained for:
- medical treatment
- therapeutic resources such as access to specialist abuse counsellors and psychologists
- further education and training, in situations where the consequences of the abuse have impacted on your education and development
At IBB, our experienced child abuse solicitors have helped abuse victims from all walks of life. Whether you were abused in childhood, or are a recent victim (or the parent of a child who has been abused) our solicitors will review your case with compassion, sensitivity and professionalism. We can meet you at home or at a convenient location, to discuss whether you have the grounds to make a compensation claim. We offer a free initial consultation and a no-win no-fee agreement.
Our abuse solicitors are currently supporting a number of victims
We are currently acting on behalf of children and adults who allege that they have been victims of abuse. We are therefore interested to hear from anyone who attended or worked at the following schools:
- St Joseph’s School, Slough
- Walsingham School, Hayes, Middlesex (1980s)
- William Henry Smith School, Brighouse, West Yorkshire (1960s)
- Feversham School in Walbottle, Newcastle (1980s and 1990s)
- Field End School, Eastcote, Middlesex (2000s)
- St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, Kent (1970s)
- Bishop’s Stortford College, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
- Kingsway Junior School, Garston, Watford (1980s)
- Wimbledon College (1980s)
- Pinner Wood Middle School (1970s-1990s)
- Riseley Church of England (2000s)
- Copthorne Preparatory School (1970s)
- Keble Prep School (1970s)
- Hazelwood Childrens' Home, in Nottingham (1970s)
Is the abuse of children in schools and boarding school still a concern?
Reports of child abuse rose sharply in 2013-14 with the police recording 36,429 offences against children in the UK (Source: NSPCC Report (2015) How Safe Are Our Children?). The research, carried out by the NSPCC, involved interviews of over 6000 young adults, teenagers, children, and parents of younger children, revealed that 1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused 9Source: Radford, L et al (2011) Child Abuse and Neglect in the UK today).
Following the shock and outrage of the murder of two school girls by a known paedophile Ian Huntley, who worked as a caretaker in the school at Soham, many campaigners and child welfare groups called for the mandatory reporting of suspicions of child abuse.
Why mandatory is important and should be implemented
As well as schools and boarding schools, the abuse of children has also been recorded in care homes, hospitals and organised sex trafficking and abuse rings where the authorities failed in their duty of care.
In my research on the extent of abuse in schools (which was published in the report Safe From Harm), Freedom of Information requests from education authorities in England, revealed:
6,107 allegations of physical or sexual abuse were made against nursery, primary and secondary school teaching staff in the three complete academic years (i.e. 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11).
Mandatory reporting will help protect our children. However completely removing the risk of paedophiles operating in schools and boarding schools can never be achieved, as perpetrators will slip through. It is therefore important to be vigilant and highlight the present and future risks of predators operating in schools, hospitals, community groups, care homes and other institutions.
Compensation for victims of abuse
The NSPCC statistics and my own experience, suggest that victims of abuse – whether emotional, physical and sexual are now more likely to report the abuse and to seek justice. In 2014 /15 ChildLine carried out 29, 126 counselling sessions with children and young people about some form of abuse (Source: Childline Annual Report).
The process of commencing legal proceedings allows a victims to bring the perpetrator to account for their actions, to prevent other children being potential abused and to obtain the financial resources to facilitate their emotional recovery from abuse.
If you have been abused at school, or you are the parent of a child who has been abused, our solicitors could help you
If you are a victim of abuse, whether physical, emotional or sexual, and would like advice on how to make a claim for compensation, contact us in confidence today on 0333 123 9099, email@example.com or through our online contact form. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case. You will not need to provide any specific details of the abuse, and are under no obligation to discuss any painful events. Our experienced abuse solicitors will ensure that you feel safe and will deal with your enquiry with compassion and sensitivity.